introducing digital subscriptions

Published on September 2, 2014

Metered access

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The family of publications is set to begin a new chapter in telling the stories of western Nova Scotia.

Beginning Sept. 8, and the Nova Scotia Weeklies sites -  including those for the Kings County Advertiser and Register, the Hants Journal, the Shelburne County Coast Guard, the Digby Courier, the Annapolis County Spectator, the Yarmouth Vanguard and the Queens County Advance  - will switch to metered access.

Subscribers to the individual newspapers will continue to have complete access to their county’s leading news source across all platforms – print, E-edition and the website at no extra cost.

New subscribers can choose from two bundles: the All Access Pass and the Digital Duo.

The All Access Pass will give delivery of a newspaper, online access to an E-edition - a digital replica of the weekly papers - and unrestricted website usage to all of the sites. This access moves readers beyond the headlines to give them access to the full stories, videos, photos and more now available on our websites.

If a reader isn’t interested in getting home delivery of the newspaper, they can select the Digital Duo option, which gives access to an E-edition as well as all of the websites.

Non-subscribers will be limited to six articles, videos or photos per month.

To continue reading breaking news, in depth stories, opinion pieces, videos, photo galleries and reader comments, non-subscribers can sign up for a Digital Duo subscription of $3.99 plus tax per month.  

Publisher Don Brander says throughout their history, the Nova Scotia Weeklies have always been mindful of the need to continuously transform and reinvent itself to remain relevant both in the changing media landscape and especially to readers.

“Reality is, it costs a great deal of money to produce top-quality news content and we need to find ways to support that. We no longer can afford to give our content away for free. That business model simply is not sustainable any longer.”

The Nova Scotia Weeklies join a long list of newspapers in Canada and the United States to charge for access to their websites.

 “By moving to a metered website, we are adapting to what is rapidly becoming the industry norm. The fact is it costs to produce quality locally focused content on subjects that matter to our readers,” said Jennifer Vardy Little, managing editor of the Nova Scotia Weeklies.   

“Our loyal readers and subscribers won’t be paying anything extra when we move to a metered website. In fact, we plan to enhance their reading options.”

Readers can go to the papers’ websites and click on the All Access Pass/Digital Duo banner and follow the instructions to set up their access and enjoy the news anywhere, anytime in print, with the E-edition, or on the website, desktop or mobile.

Readers who already subscribe to a print edition can go online and set up their access for no extra cost.

 “We believe that the steps we’re taking today will allow us to continue delivering the news coverage you’ve come to expect from us and to invest in the future of quality journalism,” Brander added.

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